Lauren Hara lives in Lake Forest with her husband Randy and twin daughters. She acts as Vice President of Weisgal and Hara, Ltd. She is currently enrolled at the Northwestern School of Professional Studies to obtain her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificate. Lauren is a room mother at Cherokee Elementary and she previously spent four years volunteering at the Forest Glen Community Club. Lauren graduated with a BA in English Literature from DePaul University. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, often doing crafts and science projects with her daughters. When she can find a free moment, Lauren tries to indulge her love of non-fiction novels and podcasts.
Cynthia McCullough is a Lake Forest resident with her own interior design firm, servicing clients both on the North Shore and in Chicago. Together with her husband Michael, their family relocated from the city in 2014 and are so happy to call this wonderful, special community home. Through her two young sons, she has had the opportunity to volunteer at Cherokee Elementary, Deerpath Middle School and is looking forward to opportunities to help at Lake Forest High School.
Cynthia graduated from Regis University with a BAS in Business Administration and Art History, in addition to studying in the MA program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was employed by The Art Institute of Chicago and The Smithsonian Institution before opening a retail home furnishings store in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Cynthia is a past participant in the Spirit of 67’s Home Tour, in addition to the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse. Cynthia firmly believes an informed, engaged community full of open discussion, keen listeners and dedicated participation, is the backbone of Lake Forest’s past and future success.
From growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, to living in Wisconsin, Texas, and now Lake Forest, Illinois since 2014, Don Adams has seen “what works” in building a thriving and successful community. Don has a background in finance, sales, and management. Most recently, he held a senior leadership position at NCC Media for 14 years, and is now the head of Midwest regional sales for Warner Media, digital entertainment and integrated content partnership division. He knows how to identify and develop talent, and has served on boards for church, local, and professional organizations. He is excited to use his experience to identify the best candidates for Lake Forest mayor, aldermen, and the school board. Don has been married for 31 years to his wife Laura and has four daughters, including two in Lake Forest public schools. Lake Forest is now home, and he wants to see it thrive and flourish as a city of leadership and success on the North Shore.
Chris moved to Lake Forest in 2011 with his wife Krista with whom he has two young sons, Gus (6) and Gabriel (3). He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in Computer Science. He served on the College of Science Alumni Board for a number of years, one term as President. He has volunteered with Catholic Charities and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Illinois.
Chris spent 17 years in real-time embedded systems engineering at telecommunication and professional audio companies including Tellabs, Motorola, and Shure. He started and ran an online virtual training business for 6 years. He is currently Vice President of Software Engineering at Donnelley Financial Solutions where he leads the global software engineering of two products that generate over $100M in annual revenue for capital markets IPO and M&A transactions and SEC filings.
Susan Sailor Daly and her husband, Richard, have been residents of Lake Forest for 12 years. She is a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of LF. Susan has served as a Room Parent at LF Country Day School and in various volunteer capacities while her two sons attended LFHS. She was a journalist for WSJV-TV before working in government, banking and tech. A native Hoosier, Susan graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a BA in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. She represented Indiana in the 1986 Miss America program.
Gordon Lamphere grew up in Lake Forest. He earned his BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and his law degree from Tulane University. Gordon competed as a professional sailor on the U.S. Sailing Team. He also coached Lake Forest and Lake Forest Academy’s High School Sailing Teams. In 2017, he returned to Lake Forest to join Van Vlissingen and Co., a commercial real estate development, brokerage, and management business
Richard was born and raised in Lake Forest and is a 25-year resident. He has participated in local events throughout his upbringing and continues to give back to the Lake Forest community. As someone who has recently been through the Lake Forest public school system as a student, Richard brings a relatively unique perspective to the caucus.
A recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Richard works for the law firm Gordon & Rees in downtown Chicago. He also volunteers as a youth chess coach for ChessEd, teaching at several elementary schools in Lake Forest and throughout the Chicagoland area.
Matthew Beltz is a finance and strategy executive for Allstate Corporation. He currently leads finance for Allstate’s Esurance, Encompass, and Commercial business units. Matt received his MBA from UWMilwaukee in Financial Strategy and his Bachelor’s degree from UW-La Crosse in Mathematics, Political Science, Public Administration and Philosophy. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Matt and his wife Ellen have been residents of Lake Forest since 2014, and have since welcomed two children. Both children are taking full advantage of Lake Forest parks, community events and recreational programs.
Tom Bernardi and his wife, Catherine, moved to Lake Forest in 2017 after living in downtown Chicago. Both Tom and his wife were born and raised in Lake Forest and he is looking forward to giving back to the community with his participation on the Lake Forest Caucus.
Tom graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Economics and History. He is a CFA® charterholder. He is Vice President, Director of Portfolio Management at Bernardi Securities, Inc. Tom currently serves on the Union League Club Boys & Girls Club Associate Board and is a board member of the Bucknell Crew Association (BCA).
Joe Brickman grew up in Lake Forest and returned with his wife Katie and their two children in 2007. Joe has a BA in Economics from the University of Lynchburg.
Joe has held many senior leadership positions throughout his corporate career, the latest being the position of Chief Commercial Officer at NRS Inc., a division of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group. Joe looks forward to serving as a Caucus committee member of the 3rd Ward.